“Indian consumers have become more health aware and demand good quality fruit. This is the reason why the consumption of papayas is increasing in the domestic market,” explains Tulsi.
2016 was a good year for papaya growers and exporters. The total acreage for papayas grew by 5% to 10% due to a program for increased production. Starting from January, this should lead to an increase in volume of at least 10%.
“Most of this volume will remain on the Indian domestic market,” says Tulsi. He also added that the increase in consumption isn’t limited to only high income families. The main domestic markets for papayas used to be Delhi and Bombay, but now demand is growing in smaller urban regions like Jaipur and Bengaluru too. Both high income consumers and working class consumers are eating more papayas.
Tulsi believes that the papaya sector in India needs more awareness. “More people should know about the health benefits of papayas. Everybody benefits from this, from growers to retailers to consumers themselves.”
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